Sunday, October 30, 2011

4 by 4 Friday--All Hallow's Eve

Halloween is almost here...and almost gone! I've really enjoyed creating spooky, funny, ghostly and macabre pieces this year!

Here's one more, simply made with a free image from Dover and a background fron Eddi07 at T4L Flickr Group. The rest was done with brushes and the font is Bleeding Cowboy.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Soartful-Angel week 2

Image provided by Carla, background made with a photo from the Hubble telescope and several bokeh and text texture pieces from Jerry Jones at Shadowhouse, The stars are PS bruhes by Starwalt.

SPA-Happy Halloween

My husband, John, is a poet, and he wrote this Halloween poem a few days ago. I just love it and decided to use it for this week's Postcard.

The background, moon, witch and bats were all made with brushes. The imasges are from Dover.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three Muses Challenge- -Wings

Bunnie wanted to be the one with wings this week, so I happily obliged him.

Credits to Google Images, Rubyblossom, Dover Images and Photoshop brushes.

Crazy Amigos-Remember

Image from Google, background from Elizabeth Golden, PS brushes.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Inspired by Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Images are all of Maude Fealy; background by Brenda Starr, the stars are a brush and the moon is a photo from NASA.

Take a word--or two--Black and White


Photo of Gladys Cooper, altered in Fotosketcher, the frame is from Dover, and the font is Jefferson

Gohic arch--Blue

I love blue-soft and tranquil like the sky, cold and penetrating, like ice, deep and rich like the night and the ocean.

The arch was googled and much altered; the blue texture is from Ka2rina at T4L; the birds and text are brushes.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Oh, I just love Halloween...all the eerie, macabre and breathtakingly beautiful dark art!

Bat, postcard text and moon are brushes. the background is made from bits by Shadowhouse Creations and Temari09.

4 by 4 Friday--Black Cat

Cat from Dover Images. Spider and web are brishes. Background made with bits from Eddi 07 and JoesSistah at Textures for Layers.



A Halloween piece I started last year and put away unfinished. A few new touches and it's done!
The angel and gravestones are public domain photos from Wikimedia; the image of the child found on Smugmug, and the other is public domain, of the actress Gloria Cooper.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Crazy Amigos-Numbers

Inspired by the song "inchworm" from the movie "Hans Christian Anderson." The worm was googled, the tape measure is a brush I made,the background was made with bits from Ellenvd and Joycesphotoalbum at T4L. I hope I goth the math right!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Three Muses--Circles and Squares

My favorite background by MBGrigsby, altered with filters; myfavorite brush set, Dirty Squares; and the tree of Life is clipart/

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gothic Arch--Classic Literature

I went with an American childhood classic, Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer! As a child I loved this book, read it many times, and dreamed that I was as clever as Tom!

Background is a wooden fence by Charles Deenen, "whitewashed"by me with PS brushes, and a page of text from and old copy of the book. The Tom and friends image is a collector plate--remember those? Sam Clemens is up in the corner.

Take a word--Childhood

Image from Google, altered in Fotosketcher, background bits from Mbgrigby at T4L, a gradient layer and PS brushes.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

SPA Haunted House

One of my favorite Halloween themes! I used one of my favorite Old House photos from Wikimedia Commons and background textures from Temari09 and Termin8or at Textures for Layers. I played a bit with layer styles and duplicate layers, and the stamp is one of my originals.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Crazy Amigos--One Layer

I've recently discovered the Crazy Amigos weekly challenge. If you visit their blog you will recognize these talented from some of the popular challenge sites. Click here to meet them

This week's challenge is to make a piece with only one layer--no cutting and pasting! My entry is digital, made with a background and PS brushes and fonts.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Take a Word--Blackbird

still feeling a little macabre...

Background made from textures by Encounter_laura, Rubyblossom and Shadowhouse.
Te raven was googled and has appeared in my work many times. the woman is a freebie from e-vint.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Things that go bump

Things that go BUMP! in the night...

This guy is the Fremont Troll (see below). I expect he could not only bump into your house, but eat it too if he had a mind to...

The Fremont Troll (also known as The Troll, or the Troll Under the Bridge) is a piece of public art in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington in the United States.
The Troll is a mixed media colossal statue, located on N. 36th Street at Troll Avenue N., under the north end of the Aurora Bridge. It is clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle, as if it had just swiped it from the roadway above. The vehicle has a California license plate.[1] The Troll was sculpted by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead. He is interactive—visitors are encouraged to clamber on him or try to poke out his one good eye (a hubcap). The Troll is 5.5 m (18 ft) high, weighs 6,000 kg (13,000 lb), and is made of steel rebar, wire, and concrete.[2]

Aurora Avenue North was renamed "Troll Avenue" in its honor in 2005 and the troll was entered in the soapbox derby in 2007.[3][4]

Soartful is Back!!! Hurray!

Thank you Carla, for assuming charge of the Soartful Saturday challenge. I think we've all missed Jeanette's thoughtful challenges and wonderful comments.

I chose the crow for my piece, as Halloween is upon me in a big way. The books are from Wikimedia, skull from google, birdcage a freebie from an oline workshop and the watch from The sum of all Crafts blog. THe background is made from bits by Playingwithbrushes at Textures for Layers Flickr group and from Shadowhouse Creations.

Inspiration comes from all sorts of places

One of the digital art groups I belong to on Yahoo is considering shutting down for lack of participation. What may be the final art challenge for us is EYES.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Three Muses Challenge- -Bottles and Jars

The Wizard's Bedside Table

I will confess...Halloween is upon me! I just can't keep the weirdness from creeping in.

Bottles from a free collage sheet from Constancet2009; all other images from Google. Spiders, webs etc. are PS brushes.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Photoshop Elements Techniques.

The Displace technique is in the July/August 2011 issue. there is, in fact, a tutorial on the website, here. You need to be a subscriber to get to it.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Take a word--Walls

I hope you all enjoy this challenge!

Frida's Wall

I learned this technique from an Adobe PSE magazine. It involves using the Displace filter to make an image look like it is painted directly on a textured surface.

The wall, a photo of an ancient Mexican pyramid, is from Seldom Seen at T4L and the image of Frida is a photo from a Mexican Cultural poster, the kind that might be plastered on a wall.

This one is based on an idea for an art journal proposed by Elizabeth Golden, from Last Door...Down the Hall. It's to use photos of old walls and add your own "graffiti" to them. She's done several, and they are posted on her blog. This wall is, in fact, one of her photos, offered as a freebie there. Thank you Elizabeth! The Dancer is a brush I made from an altered photo.

Gothic Arch--Pumpkin

Today is Ghandi's birthday! Wishes of Peace to all the world!

Halloween image from Suzee Que. Background bits from Images After, Pareeerica and some other freebie places.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


What Garbo is Doing These Days...

A few years ago, I found this tutorial about how to make a photo into a zombie. I made the Zombie postage stamp with it and use it on my Halloween pieces.

I though I would try it again for this theme. I chose one of the most glamorous photos in my collection and set out to Zombie-fy it.

Here's a link to the tutorial

The photo was found on Google, and the skull is from Dover Images. The cracks and blood drips are brushes and the grungy overlay is from Shadowhouse Creations.